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Big Red Recon: Setting Up For a Summer Commitment Run

May 24, 2019

It’s been another interesting week of recruiting news for the Huskers. The staff was still out on the road in full force making connections, evaluating prospects and offering scholarships. The biggest news of the week was that junior college running back Dedrick Mills has joined the team. That was a huge sigh of relief for the Huskers and a big moment for the offense heading into the season.

There is a lot to get to in the world of recruiting.

Let’s get to the Recon.

Class Breakdown

Husker Commits

Zavier Betts, wide receiver, Omaha, Nebraska

Turner Corcoran‍, offensive lineman, Lawrence, Kansas

Logan Smothers‍, quarterback, Athens, Alabama

2020 Needs

QB 0 DL 3
RB 1 MLB 2
WR 2 OLB 2
TE 1 DB 3
OL 3 K/P 0

 

The Recon:

>> One of Nebraska’s top linebacker targets for the 2020 class has set an official visit for the summer. Cody Simon, a 4-star from New Jersey is scheduled to take an official June 7. This won’t be Simon’s first trip to Lincoln as he came for a Junior Day. It’s a huge visit for Nebraska who is battling Penn State and Notre Dame for the talented defender.

>> This weekend Nebraska will host one of the top 2021 targets in the region for an unofficial visit. Ethan Downs, already a 4-star and the No. 1 player in Oklahoma for 2021 is making a return trip to Lincoln. Downs was in Lincoln last summer for Friday Night Lights and is building a good relationship with the staff. Getting in early with the two-way player could pay off big-time down the road. 

>> Also visiting this weekend is a group of teammates from Iowa Western Community College. Defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey and offensive tackle Jacob Gamble already hold offers from the Huskers. Joining them will be wide receiver Marcus Rogers (6-4, 205) and defensive end/outside linebacker Dominic Quewon (6-3, 235). Neither Rogers nor Quewon have offers at this time but that could change this weekend. Right now, Winfrey is the jewel of this group and the Huskers are recruiting him the hardest. It’s great to see the Huskers try to build an IWCC pipeline since it makes so much sense. 

>> This week in the recruiting notebook, I mentioned the juggling act that is underway for the Huskers when it comes to official visits. Here are some of the top targets that could be looking at summer official visits. 

  • OLB Blaise Gunnerson 
  • WR Xavier Watts
  • LB Cody Simon
  • DT Jamar Sekona 
  • RB Sevion Morrison
  • OT Roger Rosengarten
  • TE Tommy Christakos

In addition to these players previously mentioned there are a few other names to keep in mind that Nebraska would love to host this summer for official visits. 

  • JUCO DE Ali Gaye
  • LB Malik Reed
  • WR Will Nixon 

It will be imperative that Nebraska can accurately forecast who really needs a summer official and who they should bring in early in the season. If the Huskers are going to go on a run of summer commitments, the players will likely have visited officially over the summer. 

>> Over the last week, the Huskers have offered scholarships to a pair of JUCO offensive tackles, Jacob Gamble and Kilian Zierer. What does it mean? My sense is that currently the Huskers are making sure to keep contact open with these guys while they also work through their high tackle board. There is also an element of needing to see how the incoming freshman perform to see how far away they are from seeing the field. 

>> On a related note, this weekend Roger Rosengarten, the big offensive tackle from Colorado is set to make an announcement of sorts. It’s not confirmed that he will be announcing a commitment but if he does, I expect the pick to be Oregon after talking with sources. Rosengarten has been a big priority for Nebraska so there will be a lot of eyes on his announcement. 

>> Nebraska quarterback commit Logan Smothers is considering a couple of trips back to Lincoln. First, the family is trying to work it out so they can make it to the VIP event being held on June 21 ahead of Friday Night Lights. If that happens look for his newly offered teammate, defensive back Jamar Strong, to come on the trip too. Second, Smothers’ official visit date is looking like it will be the Ohio State game. That game is shaping up to be a huge visit weekend which is why it doesn’t need to be a “brunchtime” game for recruiting purposes.

>> In other camp news, the Adidas Pipeline Camp that Nebraska is hosting on June 15 is going to be even bigger than anticipated. Currently, the Huskers have over 200 prospects signed up for the camp from 19 different states. It’s going to be a great showcase for talented big men and the Huskers.

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